Memory Movement Memory Objects

Sculptor Alice Anderson has mummified a series of objects entirely in copper thread.

The exhibition includes over 100 woven-wire works, arranged into categories dependent on how they have responded to copper mummification. One display, for example, features objects that have remained recognisable under their copper skin: computers, window frames, drawing books and bicycles – as well as as a staircase and a boat.

A contrasting set of objects have been distorted and transformed by the pressure of the wire wound around them, their physical definition lost during the application of copper. There is also a selection of items that have been bound and encapsulated together to make new forms.

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The artist says the sheen given off by the copper is a key part of the experience of entombing objects; visitors can see this for themselves in a staged studio area of the exhibition where a 1967 Ford Mustang and other smaller objects are awaiting mummification.


Venue details

Wellcome Collection and Library 183 Euston Road London NW1 2BE 020 7611 8348 wellcomelibrary.org

Entry details

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